Meal Planning for the Dog Days of Summer

Meal Planning for the Dog Days of Summer - Hot weather meal planning calls for different strategies than other times in the year. Here are some techniques to help you keep your cool in the kitchen.

Want the dish on delicious ways to act your wage? Subscribe to GCE in a reader or via email or follow me on Facebook or twitter.Hot weather meal planning calls for different strategies than other times in the year. Here are some techniques to help you keep your cool in the kitchen. My friend Andrea, […]

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Spice-Rubbed Grilled Pork Tenderloin

Custom-mixed spices are an economical and tasty way to add flavor and texture to grilled meats. Try this grilled pork tenderloin. Over the last few weeks since hubby and I have been “watching what we eat,” our meals have become simpler. With a hearty protein at the center and lots of fruits and veg all […]

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Grocery Geek Q&A: Reducing Grocery Spending

Reducing Grocery Spending - Grocery budgets are tight. How can you trim the bill?

Grocery budgets are tight. How can you trim the bill? Sarah wrote in with the following dilemma: I currently live in a four person household (five if you count my dog). I am the only female, I live with three males, my husband and two sons (age 8 and 11). I have currently whittled my […]

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Wines to Pair with Good Cheap Eats

Bonus Feature #3 - Did you preorder a copy (or two) of my new book, Good Cheap Eats? I’ve got another bonus feature waiting for you.

Did you preorder a copy (or two) of my new book, Good Cheap Eats? I’ve got another bonus feature waiting for you.  Blogging has been such a wonderful experience for me. I’ve met so many great people over the years, yourself included. One of those sweet people is my friend Amy. We met at a blogging conference almost […]

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5 Quick & Easy Meals to Freeze

Quick & Easy Meals to Freeze - Save money and eat better with these quick and easy freezer meals.

Save money and eat better with these quick and easy freezer meals. You’ve probably heard that making a bulk batch of something is a surefire way to save money and eat better. It’s totally true. Freezer cooking has helped us bridge the gap between a small budget and great food for years. If you’re not already […]

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Oven Roasted Ratatouille

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Enjoy the flavors of summer eggplant and squash in this easy oven-roasted ratatouille.   I’m a lifelong francophile. I’ve loved French culture since I was about five years old. I studied French literature in college, just because really, since there are few “practical” reasons for majoring in French literature. I had the amazing opportunity — […]

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Make Your Meal Plan Happen This Week

Make Your Meal Plan Happen This Week - Take these steps to make great meals, save money, and enjoy time with the people you love.

You can be a freezer cook extraordinaire or a whiz at grocery shopping on a budget or even a dynamo when it comes to creating a delicious and nutritious meal plan, but if you don’t get food on the table in a timely manner, all your prior efforts kinda fall on their faces. If the […]

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Presentation is Everything

Food doesn’t need to be expensive to look special. In fact, the way you present the simplest, cheapest eats can deliver a powerful punch.  This post was originally posted on June 26, 2009. The lessons still hold true. Years ago I worked in a catering kitchen, assembling deli and cheese trays, preparing cocktail sandwiches, and […]

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Spicy Sausage Burgers

Spicy Sausage Burger - Despite all the back to schooly stuff going on, summer

Despite all the back to schooly stuff going on, summer’s not over. Live up the lingering days of the season with these Spicy Sausage Burgers. Despite the fact that the kids and I are finishing our first week of school, the calendar and the warm weather both concur that summer is still here. Fall doesn’t […]

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5 After-School Snacks Your Kids Will Love

After-school Snacks Your Kids Will Love: Make after school time a happy hour. Provide your kids with these tasty snacks that are easy as well as delicious.

Make after school time a happy hour. Provide your kids with these tasty snacks that are easy as well as delicious. We are halfway through our first week of school. So far, so good. I’ve stayed (mostly) on task, teaching six kids, keeping the house (mostly in tact), and no one has starved. I had […]

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